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Our Mission / Kaupapa

The objective of WestREAP (Westland Rural Education Activities Programme Incorporated Society) is to identify gaps in the provision of education for rural communities for all ages, and develop strategies to fill those gaps, either through REAP programmes or in collaboration with others. 

WestREAP has been operating for over 40 years providing educational pathways to local communities across the Westland and Grey districts, from Jackson Bay in the south, to Punakaiki in the north and east to Otira.​ WestREAP promotes community development, integrating education and the provision of information with activities in other sectors including health, social services, community organisations, Poutini Ngāi Tahu hapū and rūnanga and local government. WestREAP has recently supported the establishment of Te Hono o Ngā Waka, a kaupapa Māori social service agency for Te Tai o Poutini. WestREAP can act as an independent initiator and facilitator of community change.

Our Values


Nurturing relationships, looking after people and caring about others well-being with integrity


Connecting to those that are hard to reach geographically, socially and economically through learning opportunities


Creating a space of belonging and aroha for all those in our community


Supporting and enabling people to increase self-confidence by gaining new skills leading to greater autonomy


Adaptable and positive in meeting community needs

He tōtara wāhi rua, he kai nā te ahi!

If we are not united we will not achieve, there is strength in unity!

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Our People


Whare Iraia

Chief Executive

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Margaret Silcock

Finance Administrator

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Abbey Johansson

Youth Services Team Leader

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Lisa Barbour

Team Leader

E.C.E and Schools

Holly McHugh

Adult & Community Education Team Leader

Holly Thorpe

Operations Team Leader 

Helen Reij

Driving Instructor and Driving Theory Tutor

Kate Buckley

Creative Communities & Art4me Co-ordinator

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Lynda Halliday

Administration Support

Kathryn Wells

Customer Service 

Francie Gaiger

Payroll Administrator

Youth Services Facilitator & Administrator - Grey 

Lynda Halliday -

Tracey Hutt

Early Learning Facilitator - Grey

Sally Richardson

Early Learning Facilitator - Westland

Jo Bares 

SPACE Co-facilitator

Sue Pooley

Koru Club Supported Learner Programme Lead Facilitator 

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Tracey Hutt

Early Learning Facilitator - Grey

Sally Richardson

Early Learning Facilitator - Westland

Sarah Heney

Payroll Administrator

Jo Bares

SPACE Co-Facilitator

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WCDRS Information Consultant 

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Cilla Raruve

WCDRS Information Consultant - Buller

Krista Taylor

Early Learning Facilitator - South Westland 

Riria Wall-Iraia

 Nga Tipu Totara Lead facilitator


Jackie Davidson

Youth Services Facilitator

Te Aroha

Pipsqueaks Playgroup Facilitator 

Jessica Kennedy

Early Learning Facilitator - Haast

Lauren Jarvis

Playgroup Co-ordinator - Cobden Playgroup


Terry Beddek

Ngā Toki Ako

Alternative Education Lead Facilitator

Tracey Wratt

Nga Tipu Totara co-facilitator

Catherine  Brennan

Ngā Toki Ako

Alternative Education Facilitator

Rohatai Fernandez

WestREAP Intern

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Craig Langdon 

Erica McFarlane

Koru Club support & Volunteer


Patricia Roney 

Kathleen Langi

      Melissa Masters 

Lauren Evans

Board Chair 

Board Member 

Board Member 

Board Member 

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